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John Kotter

Cambridge, USA

Expert on leadership and change

Author of 17 books, 12 being best-sellers

Teaching the High Potentials Leadership Program, Harvard Business School

Dr. John Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organisations actually achieve successful transformations. Currently teaching the High Potentials Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School, Dr. Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again.

Dr. Kotter offers the leadership tools necessary to achieve success in a business world that reinvents itself every day. He continues to speak at Harvard Business School Executive Education Programs, including the prestigious Advanced Management Program (AMP). These highly competitive professional seminars were created by Dr. Kotter to teach the important steps needed for successful leadership and change.

Dr. Kotter has authored 17 books, twelve of them best-sellers. His works have been printed in over 120 languages and total sales exceed two million copies. His latest book, “A Sense of Urgency” (Harvard Business School Press, 2008), focuses on what a true sense of urgency in an organisation really is, why it is becoming an important asset and how it can be created and sustained. Released in September of 2008, Urgency reached #7 on the New York Times best-seller list in early October. His international best-seller “Leading Change” (Harvard Business School Press, 1996) – which outlines an actionable eight-step process for implementing successful transformations – has become the change bible for managers around the world. His books are in the top 1% of sales on Amazon.com.

Dr. Kotter’s articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period. Dr. Kotter has been on the Harvard Business School faculty since 1972. In 1980, at the age of 33, he was given tenure and a full professorship, making him one of the youngest people in the history of the University to be so honoured.

The many honours won by Dr. Kotter include an Exxon Award for Innovation in Graduate Business School Curriculum Design, a Johnson, Smith & Knisley Award for New Perspectives in Business Leadership, and a McKinsey Award for Best Harvard Business Review Article. In 2006, Dr. Kotter received the prestigious McFeely Award for “outstanding contributions to leadership and management development.”

Our Comment

"When speaking to groups, Dr. Kotter draws on the history of recent successes and failures in the business world. He explores the new rules of leadership and the importance of lifelong learning in the post-corporate world. When he speaks to an audience he speaks with one and only one goal: to motivate action that gets better results."

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